Monday, 1 December 2014
WILDMAN OF CROATIA
What many Bigfoot researchers do not realize is that there are traditions of Wildmen in Europe also. Whether they are all extinct by now is a moot point; but they are certainly worth looking into.
Today we shall venture to Croatia, which was until comparatively recently part of Yugoslavia. There is a tradition in that country of hairy wildmen called Veds. This word may be related to the English word wood, coming from a common Indo-European root. Veds were said to live in woods and to have settlements there. They wore ragged clothes, which might indicate they plundered human garbage dumps. They were not necessarily unfriendly and would sometimes help humans. Their tallness was emphasized. Sometimes, a ved skeleton would be found in a tree trunk. There were also traditions of wild women (sumske dekle) which may have been female veds.
Belief in veds seems to have started to evaporate from the middle of the 19th Century. They are now almost forgotten in their native land. However, there is nothing inherently implausible in the existence of such creatures.